Completion of a construction project would be impossible if, every time there is a disagreement regarding work requirements or conditions, the contractor ceased operations. Consequently, most contracts require the contractor to continue work pending resolution of any dispute in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures of the contract. The prototypical example is the standard “Disputes” clause found in federal construction contracts.
While the federal clause unequivocally requires the contractor to “proceed diligently with performance,” the Court of Federal Claims recently ruled that the obligation is not absolute. The contractor may be justified in stopping work if the government refuses to provide additional information necessitated by unforeseeable circumstances. Read more.
For those following construction of the Apple campus, a short video was posted this week showing the current progress.
Two longer videos from earlier this summer show much greater detail. (See below.) Visible in the other two videos are a pair of bridges, most likely temporary, providing access to traffic to the center of the complex. Also visible is a tunnel going under the structure, perhaps to provide permanent access to the center. Another interesting structure on the campus outside the ring consists of a deep foundation on one end and a circular structure on the other. Read more.